August 17, 2018
Massira

Al Massira: Spotlight on Evangelistic and Discipleship Video Ministry

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French) العربية (Arabic)This incredible video series from the ministry of Al Massira was filmed in 13 different countries over a period of 16 months.  We rejoice that this outreach tool is yielding much fruit. In fact, over the last several years, well over 8,000 people have been trained in presenting the series. Once they are trained, their next step is to gather small groups of friends who are interested in learning about the Messiah. Approximately 2,000 Al Massira (AM) groups have formed, with attendance ranging from two to 70 people. The […]
August 14, 2018
costly

When Preaching the Word is Costly

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French) العربية (Arabic)Guest post from Craig Parro, President of Leadership Resources To us, preaching the Word is a no-brainer. To people like Pastor John from Kenya, it is a costly choice. John used to be a “rhema” preacher—that is, one that ‘followed the Spirit’ in preaching—which really meant saying anything that came to his head at the moment. After studying 2 Timothy’s command to “preach the Word” during a TNT (Training National Trainers) workshop, John repented of his preaching approach and began to preach Word-saturated messages, beginning with Jonah. Many left his […]
August 7, 2018
stuck

3 Ways Almost Every Church Gets Stuck

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French) العربية (Arabic)Resharing with kind permission from Carey Nieuwhof.  At some point, almost every church gets stuck. If yours isn’t stuck right now, just wait a while. Every church and organization gets stuck at some point. Usually, churches get stuck because what was working stopped working, When that happens, leaders aren’t sure what to do. While figuring that out is complex (and a frequent subject of many posts on this blog), trying to find a solution is difficult if you’re looking in the wrong place. It’s easy to think that churches are prone to get stuck […]
July 31, 2018
Singles

Singleness and the Church: Not overlooking the overlooked in our midst

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French) العربية (Arabic) In this classic episode, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla and Kari Stainback discuss singleness, focusing on how the church can better minister to singles.  Timecodes: 00:16 Kuruvilla and Stainback share their stories of singleness 04:50 the church’s struggle to minister to singles 08:16 Singleness comes in different forms and different circumstances 15:30 1 Corinthians 7 and practical implications in the local church 21:57 Advice for pastors and church leaders in ministering to singles 28:40 Singleness and small group ministries 31:45 Experiencing community as a single person 38:25 Advice to singles for gaining greater community 41:00 Ministering […]
July 24, 2018
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The Sins of a Pastor || Your Bible is for More than Sermon Prep

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French) العربية (Arabic)Guest Post by Pastor Joshua Reich, reshared with kind permission. Pastors, like any person sin. While this may be surprising for some people as they put their pastors and their wife on a pedestal, it is true. Because of the nature of being a pastor and the life they live, their sins are often not obvious and ones that no one will ever know about. In fact, some of the most hurtful and dangerous sins are ones that a church and elders can unknowingly encourage. These sins are not in […]